Holiday Events
Holiday Events

We’ve Got the Spirit

Downtown Cape Girardeau has got the spirit when it comes to celebrating the holidays, especially Christmas. With over 75 unique shops, you can find a gift for everyone on your list. And they’ll love hearing all about the special place that you went to pick out their gift. Annual holiday events are listed below, and stay tuned on our Calendar of Events for additional holiday events. Do yourself a favor and get downtown to enjoy them this year!

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Old Town Cape Christmas Tree Lighting

Kick off the holiday season in #DowntownCG with Old Town Cape, Inc. at our Christmas Tree Lighting event!

On Friday, November 27, at 6:20 p.m., spectators can watch Santa & Mrs. Claus light our thirty-foot Christmas tree that will be housed in the Vasterling Suites Courtyard for the duration of the Christmas in Downtown season! Live music from the Jerry Ford Ensemble and Christmas caroling will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will continue after the tree has been lit. KFVS12 will be live-broadcasting this event for folks who would prefer to watch from the comfort and safety of their homes.

This event is proudly brought to you by Banterra Bank and Top of the Marq.

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide initiative that was started by American Express in 2010. Since it’s inception Downtown Cape Girardeau has celebrated this much needed Holiday shopping event with joy. The whole idea is to support our local merchants the day after Black Friday. Of course, we suggest shopping local all the live-long year, but Small Business Saturday sets aside a special day to shop locally with extra holiday cheer and intention.

Old Town Cape encourages you to Shop Small on Saturday, November 28 in #DowntownCG!

The Parade of Lights

The Parade of Lights takes place annually on the Sunday after Thanksgiving at dusk. People come from all over Southeast Missouri to watch the best Christmas Parade around march down Broadway and Main Streets in Downtown Cape Girardeau.

Due to rising cases of Covid-19 in Cape Girardeau County, Old Town Cape has decided to cancel the parade in 2020 and hopes to bring back this well-loved holiday event in 2021!

The Parade of Lights

Downtown Christmas Open House

Your favorite downtown holiday tradition is here! Save the date for Old Town Cape, Inc.’s 18th Annual Downtown Christmas Open House two-day event! Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and enjoy all that #DowntownCG has to offer!

The 18th Annual Downtown Christmas Open House two-day event will take place on Friday, December 4, from 5 – 9 p.m. AND Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will feature TWO chances to win a $500 #DowntownCG shopping spree!!

Guests are invited to visit Downtown Cape Girardeau on both days and experience the spirit of Christmas through live caroling, visits from Santa & the Grinch, horse-drawn wagon rides, and fantastic winter window displays.

To reduce the spread of germs, the Downtown Cape shopping spree will have digital entries this year. Eight posters showing eight unique QR codes will be distributed around Downtown Cape on December 4 & 5. Participants will be encouraged to find all of the posters for up to eight entries into the shopping spree giveaway! There will be two people chosen to win.

Holiday Bazaar

Old Town Cape, Inc. will once again host the Holiday Bazaar that will take place on Saturday, December 5, during day two of the 18th Annual Downtown Christmas Open House.

The Old Town Cape Holiday Bazaar will feature vendors offering locally-grown, handcrafted, and homemade products such as winter produce, baked goods, candies, and artisan crafts. Vendors will also accept holiday baking orders or orders for customized gifts. Guests can expect to find their favorite Cape Riverfront Market vendors, as well as, new seasonal vendors.

The Holiday Bazaar will again be set up on Frederick Street at the intersection of Broadway Street south to the intersection at Themis Street and will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The section of Frederick Street hosting the market will be closed to vehicle traffic, and open to pedestrians. Businesses who are interested in signing up to participate in the Downtown Christmas Open House are advised to contact Old Town Cape at or call our office at (573) 334-8085. You can also fill out the vendor application at the link below and mail or drop off at:

Old Town Cape
338 Broadway St. Ste. 401
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Vendor Application

The Holiday Bazaar is sponsored by Mississippi Mutts, KFVS12, and Realty Executives Edge.

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